Child Care Okehampton

Equal Opportunities Policy

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Our Policies

Equal Opportunities Policy

Stepping Stones Day Nursery is committed to providing for equality of opportunity and anti – discriminatory practice and ensuring that every child, family and employee is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability; working in accordance with all current legislation, including

  • Disability Discrimination Act (1995)
  • Race Relations Act (1976)
  • Sex Discrimination Act (1975)
  • The Children Act (1989)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014)

The setting will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any child or their family and we will make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services for disabled children to prevent them being put at substantial disadvantage.  Therefore all children will be inclusive within the setting by removing the barriers to learning.


The nursery is open to every family in the community.  Families joining the setting are made aware of its equal opportunity policy. Stepping Stones includes and welcomes everyone.  We incorporate children as well as the right of the parents / carers, students and staff.  We invite and welcome;

  • Children who are disabled and those with special educational needs
  • Those from socially excluded families, such as the homeless or those who live with a parent who is disabled or has a mental illness.
  • Children from traveller communities, refugees or asylum seekers and those from diverse linguistic backgrounds.

We believe that all children are entitled to enjoy a full life in conditions which will help them take part in society and develop as an individual, with their own cultural and spiritual beliefs.


The setting will appoint the best person for each job and will treat all applicants and those appointed fairly.  Please refer to Recruitment Policy and employment and training policy.


The setting recognises that many types of family successfully love and care for children.

The nursery offers a flexible payment system for families with differing means.

Our Ethos

  • All babies and children have a right of full access to early year’s education through the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012).  Through careful observation, assessment and planning we aim to meet the individual needs of all babies and children within our setting.
  • All children have the right to expect to learn in a caring and considerate environment where the staff and children are all valued for their contribution to nursery life, ensuring that inclusion and equal opportunities are put into practice.
  • The setting is committed to the early identification of children with special educational needs and to adopting clear and open procedures which are outlined in the SEND policy.  This will raise our quality and standards of the overall setting.
  • The setting is committed to working with parents who are fully involved in all decisions that affect their children’s education.
  • The setting will provide, within available resources, the highest possible quality support and inclusive education for children with special educational needs.

All children within the setting will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured.  Children are entitled to enjoy a full life in conditions which will help them take part in society and develop as an individual, with their own cultural and spiritual beliefs.

Activities and the use of play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment supported by practitioners whom ensure that there own knowledge about different cultural groups is up to date, therefore being free from prejudice and discrimination.  Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and